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Frederick The Great: Music For The Berlin Court / George Kallweit, Academy for Ancient Music Berlin

Album Summary

>Graun, Johann Gottlieb : Overture and Allegro in D minor for orchestra
>Nichelmann, Christoph : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in C minor
>Frederick the Great : Sonata for flute & continuo no 190 in C minor ("pour Potsdam")
>Graun, Johann Gottlieb : Concerto for viola da gamba in A minor
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Johann Gottlieb Graun [-]Ouvertüre und Allegro GraunWV A:XI:2

The year 2012 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Frederick the Great, whose political and military glory has often relegated his musical talent to the status of a mere hobby. But Frederick II was not only the key personality of Berlin musical life for the whole of the 18th century (as is shown by the works of the composers presented on this CD, all of whom worked at his court at some point in their careers) but also an excellent flautist who left posterity a number of fine flute sonatas from his own pen. Formed in East Berlin in 1982, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012. The group has developed a worldwide reputation for its consistently insightful and fascinating concerts and recordings.

"The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin offers a chance to experience what his chamber concerts might have been like, in period pieces by court composers, with one of more than 100 hundred of the king's flute sonatas...C P E Bach's "Sinfonie No 1" is the standout, performed with gusto." -The Independent

The Independent
The Akademie fnr Alte Musik Berlin offers a chance to experience what his chamber concerts might have been like, in period pieces by court composers, with one of more than 100 hundred of the king's flute sonatas... C P E Bach's "Sinfonie No 1" is the standout, performed with gusto.

Gramophone Magazine
There is no need to say much about the Berlin Akademie fur Alte Musik's performances; they show all the urgent intent, vibrant sound and expert ensemble playing we have come to expect from them. What better outfit could there be to celebrate Frederick's 300th anniversary year, and what better repertoire to mark their own 30 years together?

BBC Music Magazine
The Akademie plays most sensitively, wind colouring unobtrusively...The best playing, of the most inspired piece, is Bach's Sinfonie...Its fire and fury is breathtaking - and superbly played. Most warmly recommended.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The playing is brilliant in every quarter. Alpermann is quite polished in his piano playing. The degrees of nuance he reaches in the middle movement of Nichelmann's sonata would not have been possible for a harpsichord. The same may be said for Jan Freihiet's gamba playing. What a revelation it is to hear such delicate classical-era music for the gamba. Notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (11/2011).



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Works Details

>Graun, Johann Gottlieb : Overture and Allegro in D minor for orchestra
  • Conductor: George Kallweit
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Nichelmann, Christoph : Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo in C minor
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Frederick the Great : Sonata for flute & continuo no 190 in C minor ("pour Potsdam")
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Graun, Johann Gottlieb : Concerto for viola da gamba in A minor
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 24 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Symphony for orchestra in D major (Orchester-sinfonien no 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
  • Ensemble: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1775-1776